The Math Forum

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
April 21-24, 2010

"Connections: Linking Concepts and Context"

NCSM 2010 || Exhibit Hall Booth 337 || Math Forum Ambassadors

Meet the Math Forum staff in the Exhibit Hall, at Booth 337 or attend one of our sessions:

Click on the day/time to view details about that session:

Tuesday 1:00 - 1:40 [Research Presession]
Session 39: The Role of the Teacher Educator in Online Mathematics Teacher Education
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00
Session 152: I Notice, I Wonder, I Can Think!
Thursday 12:30 - 1:30
Session 194: Problem Solving and Technology Implementation in an Inclusion Classroom
Thursday 2:00 - 3:00
Session 275: Develop Practitioner Inquiry and Professional Learning Communities Using Web 2.0
Friday 8:30 - 10:00
Session 404: Student Work: What's the Big Idea?
Friday 1:00 - 2:30
Session 567: Building Connections Through Problem Solving
Saturday 9:30 - 10:30
Session 720: Stories from the Community: Problem Solving Experiences in Middle Grades
Saturday 11:00 - 12:00
Session 745: Problem Solving: A Vehicle for Integrating Financial Literacy and the Mathematics Curriculum


The Role of the Teacher Educator in Online Mathematics Teacher Education

Jason Silverman

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
1:00 pm - 1:40 pm
Session 39
Convention Center, Room 2
Research Presession


We will discuss our ongoing study of online mathematics teacher education, with emphasis on the role of the teacher educator in online mathematics teacher education and identifying ways residue from mathematical collaboration can serve as seeds for second-order conversations focusing on significant mathematical or pedagogical issues.


I Notice, I Wonder, I Can Think!

Barbara Delaney
Marie Hogan
Ashley C. Miller

Thursday, April 22, 2010
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 152
Marriott, Salon 3
Level: 5-9
General Session




Develop students' ability to think through technology and challenging, complex problems. Empower your students with the power of thinking. Focus on questions and observations as a method leading to problem solving skills. Redirect students from solution orientated thinking to reasoning and inquiry as a method to developing problem solving skills.


Teachers will:
  • learn how to engage students in challenging complex problem solving through inquiry and discussion rather than a solution based approach.
  • learn to allow thinking, questioning and exploration time to develop problem solving skills.
  • learn to engage students in this process via a web based program,, Problems of the Week.
  • learn classroom and management techniques to handle this process.
  • gain tools and resources to implement this process immediately.


Problem Solving and Technology Implementation in an Inclusion Classroom

Annie Fetter, The Math Forum @ Drexel
Michelle O'Donnell, Woodlynne School, Woodlynne, NJ

Thursday, April 22, 2010
12:30 - 1:30
Session 194
Convention Center, Room 14B
Level: 6-8
General Session


Learn how a middle school math teacher and a math coach are creating a problem solving environment in classrooms which include English language learners and special education students. We'll share problems and accompanying activities (some of which involve Sketchpad®, applets, and other technology) that can help turn students into problem solvers.


  • Explore activities focused on problem solving and communication, with accompanying constructed response problems, which help teachers implement more effective problem solving in the classroom.
  • See students' journals and samples of their work.
  • Learn how technology supports and enables problem solving.
  • Get ideas for designing activities with multiple levels of support.
  • Discover how problem solving helps all students make connections between different areas of mathematics.


Develop Practitioner Inquiry and Professional Learning Communities Using Web 2.0

Hope Yursa

Thursday, April 22, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session 275
Hyatt, Douglas Pavilion B
Level: 9 - 12
General Session


Enhance your understanding of readily available Web 2.0 technologies and their use in pre-service and in-service teacher education. Learn powerful strategies for deepening knowledge of mathematics while enhancing understanding of the student learning. Think about the role of social networking in the development of mathematical understanding.


  • Gain new or deeper understanding of Web 2.0 technologies such as Ning, Google groups, etc. and how they can be utilized as a tool for forming professional learning communities and in teacher development.
  • View, discuss and journey through results of classroom research that are easily implemented in districts or classrooms.
  • Provide insights into the power of teacher inquiry to change classrooms/schools into places where teachers' voices contribute to the knowledge base of teaching and learning.


Student Work: What's the Big Idea?

Stephen Weimar

Friday, April 23, 2010
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Session 404
Marriott, Marina F


How is this student's thinking developing? What is the core mathematical concept at stake? How can I respond in a way that engages and moves thinking forward while eliciting more information? Look at the insights gained from teams of researchers, mathematicians, and teachers looking at the work of students mentored in online problem solving.


Building Connections Through Problem Solving

Claire Mead

Friday, April 23, 2010
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Session 567
Hyatt, Manchester Ballroom I
Level: 3-8
Gallery Workshop


Successful problem solvers draw on past experiences and apply their knowledge to new situations. We will share strategies for using rich problems to help students (1) understand the interconnectedness of mathematical ideas, (2) recognize and take advantage of prior learning, and (3) forge new connections to help make sense of future challenges.


Participants will:
  • Experience how rich problems provide opportunities to build and recognize connections among mathematical ideas.
  • Discuss how problem analysis helps teachers take advantage of a problem's potential for connections.
  • Learn how rich problems help bridge from concrete to abstract concepts.
  • Develop strategies for differentiating instruction for learners with diverse developmental levels.
  • Appreciate the importance of revisiting one's work to foster long-term learning.


Stories from the Community: Problem Solving Experiences in Middle Grades

Suzanne Alejandre
Barbara Delaney
Marie Hogan
Ashley C. Miller

Saturday, April 24, 2010
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Session 720
Convention Center, Room 10
Level: 5 - 9
General Session





Learn how online math education community members are successfully implementing contextual problem solving in middle grade classrooms. One teacher says, "...when students truly develop problem solving skills they should be able to use them even on standardized tests." Activities, techniques, & sample problems with resource documents will be shared.


Activities/discussion based on stories of teachers with first-hand experience in:
  • problem solving approaches that engage & build confidence
  • using context & visualization to support all students in problem solving
  • establishing classroom routines for successful inquiry
  • encouraging students to acquire problem solving goals that go beyond just finding "the answer"
  • helping students persist at problem solving, in particular, using effective questioning techniques and task design


Problem Solving: A Vehicle for Integrating Financial Literacy and the Mathematics Curriculum

Valerie Klein
Stephen Weimar

Saturday, April 24, 2009
11:00 am - 12:00 noon
Session 745
Convention Center / 5 B
Level: 6 - 12
General Session



It is becoming imperative to equip the students with the tools needed for financial literacy. The presentation discusses how problems that present math concepts that are situated within a financial related contexts could be used to serve that goal while helping develop the students' problem solving and critical thinking skills.


  • Explore problems that are situated within a financial literacy context.
  • Discuss connections between the math concepts embedded in the problems and the added layers of concepts and skills presented by the context.
  • Discuss problem solving strategies used to solve the problems.
  • Explore technology tools and applets that can support understanding and solving the problems.
  • Predict areas of challenge for the students, suggest scaffolding approaches and analyze pre-existing student work.

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